LG Electronics in India has begun selling a TV with a feature that it says repels mosquitoes, an insect most prevalent in hot and humid countries like the Philippines, and can spread diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue.
LG’s “Mosquito Away Technology” uses ultrasonic waves that are inaudible to humans but cause mosquitoes to keep themselves at a distance. According to LG, it was released in India on Thursday.
In the Philippines and other hot and humid countries, watching more hours of television per week may have just become a positive health decision, thanks to this new technology.
The technology also works when the TV is turned off, and the waves emitted are inaudible to human ears so owners don’t have to trade one source of incessant buzzing for another. LG has added the technology to various other appliances in the past, including air conditioners and washing machines. A disclaimer on one of the company’s listings warns that the devices were tested in a lab and that the long-term effect of the tech has not been tested.
The TV is available in two models, priced at $394 and $706.
The TV is targeted at lower-income consumers living in conditions that would make them vulnerable to mosquitoes.
It will go on sale next month in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Kim Sang-yeol, an LG Electronics official, said there are no plans for now to market it elsewhere.
LG Eletronics began developing the TV set before the outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America, which has fueled concern over safety at the Olympic Games set to begin in August in Rio de Janeiro.